Stephen Colbert may be late to the game, but his satire on last week's Idaho GOP governor's debate is the funniest bit yet.
Colbert devoted seven minutes of his half-hour show to the event that went viral last week, sending more than a half-million viewers to Idaho Public TV's online archive of the matchup between Gov. Butch Otter, Sen. Russ Fulcher and unintentional comedians Harley Brown and Walt Bayes.
Colbert described Otter as a character from "Wind in the Wind in the Willows," and noted that Fulcher was running to to the right of Otter. "So maybe Badger," deadpanned Colbert, replacing Fulcher's mug shot with a snarling badger.
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Colbert called himself an "Otterhead," but spent most of his time on Brown and Bayes, describing the long-bearded Bayes as "comin' in hot and hard like a vengeful backwoods Santa."
Colbert said the Idaho GOP is a big tent and surmised that Bayes "lives in a tent made from the skin of a baar he fought for a gold nugget."
When Brown described using the blood of Christ to influence federal officials to surrender U.S.-owned land to Idaho, Colbert cut to a question from reporter Betsy Russell.
"Mr. Brown, Mr. Brown, the question was about taxes," Russell said.
"Maybe so," opined Colbert, "and he was getting there before you so rudely interrupted him."
Colbert also designed a bumper sticker for Bayes, relying on a Bayes soliloquy on nuclear Armageddon:
"Walt Bayes 2014. You remember Chernobyl. When you translate that it comes out 'Wormwood.' Which is mentioned in the Bible a whole lot. Potassium Iodide: We better get us some."
I won't ruin Colbert's kicker about the general election in November, except to hint that Colbert suggests someone from Brown's colorful past would be an excellent candidate.